Insider Tips from Upperclassmen

They’ve been where you’re going, and they have learned lessons the hard way. Take advantage of their wisdom with these great insider tips from Southeast’s upperclassmen!

  • Do not park where you aren’t supposed to
  • Get a planner
  • Get involved. Even if you end up not liking a group, you’ll make new friends along the way.
  • Introduce yourself to your professors
  • Call home at least once a week
  • Check portal announcements daily for cool events
  • There is an “any permit” lot located behind the football stadium that freshmen who live on South Campus can park in instead of parking all the way at Pig Lot
  • If you need volunteer hours, visit or call Campus life at 573-651-2280
  • Don’t eat the same place for every meal. Switch it up or risk getting tired of Subway and Panda Express.
  • Be wary of 8 a.m. classes, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.
  • Pig lot has air pumps if you need to fill your tires.
  • Take advantage of what Southeast has to offer: writing lab, tutoring, counseling services, leadership opportunities, etc. Everyone just wants to help you be successful.
  • Don’t go home every weekend. Some of my best memories are the random things people did in the dorms on the weekends.
  • You and your roommate won’t always get along, and that’s okay.
  • Even if you feel awkward or out of place, it’s okay. Everyone feels that way at some point. Don’t let it stop you from trying something new.
  • This is the most freedom you've probably ever had for the least responsibility... College is fun, but remember you're here for a degree!
  • Get to know the professors in your major. They're really cool and they help you a lot more when you're proactive on your future goals.
  • Make your advising appointment as soon as humanly possible.
  • When you're given your day to enroll, and it starts at 7 a.m., be on your computer with the CRNs of the classes you want ready.
  • It's okay--normal even--to change your major. I changed mine 4 times and I'm still graduating on time.
  • The best way to avoid cardiac hill is to walk by the practice field, and then take the elevator in Brant!
  • If you go to the welcome picnic, you will never have to buy any cups ever again--they hand them out at almost every station.
  • Skipping class (3 credit hour MWF class) costs about $12.50 per day skipped... that's a pretty expensive nap.
  • Open your mind to other people's beliefs, and actively try to see their point of view.
  • ALWAYS ask for student discounts when buying food in Cape


Academic Hall 100D
New Student Programs
One University Plaza, MS 3550
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701